Celebrity gangster “Mad” Frankie Fraser was a deserter during World War II…

Celebrity gangster “Mad” Frankie Fraser was a deserter during World War II, escaping on several occasions. It was during the war that Fraser first became involved in serious crime, with the blackout and rationing, combined with the lack of professional policemen due to conscription, providing ample opportunities for criminal activities. In 1941 he was sent to Borstal for breaking into a Waterloo shop and was then given a 15-month prison sentence at Wandsworth Prison for shopbreaking. Such were the criminal opportunities during the war, Fraser later joked in a television interview that he had never forgiven the Germans for surrendering.He earned the nickname “Mad” after he pretended to be mentally ill to avoid conscription.

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